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    Memorial Day 2013

    Memorial Day 2013

    HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868 The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this | Read More »

    Thank you, @GovernorPerry

    Thank you, @GovernorPerry

    Governor Perry vetoed SB 346, the legislation designed to force political groups to reveal their donors to the Texas legislature. The measure, pushed by Republicans at the same time the IRS stories have been breaking, was concocted by a number of squishy Republicans who wanted to shut down conservative groups that had been forcing the squishes to move right. The squishes figured if they knew | Read More »

    I Have No Problem With the Boy Scouts’ Decision

    I Have No Problem With the Boy Scouts' Decision

    The Boy Scouts of America have decided to keep the ban on gay scout leaders, but allow gay young men to participate in scouting. The vote was not even close. More than 60% voted to end the ban.I have no problem with this. While I would have voted against it, if a majority of scouts want that, that is fine with me. Their institution is | Read More »

    Governor Perry, Please Veto SB 346

    Governor Perry, Please Veto SB 346

    I think Governor Rick Perry is the conservative Ben Kenobi. I started to title this piece, “Help me Obi Wan Perry, You’re My Only Hope.” In light of the IRS scandal, you would think that Texas Republicans would not be so foolish as to vote for SB 346 in the state legislature, but apparently they are that foolish. The legislation, in Texas of all places, | Read More »

    Extremier Than Extreme Except for the Last Extremists in Virginia

    “We’ve just learned Ken Cuccinelli and the most extreme Republican ticket in Virginia history will be holding a campaign launch event TODAY, May 18, 2013 in Virginia Beach,” reads an email from Laura Harmon, the Democratic Party of Virginia’s Executive Director.I can’t help but wonder if she just took out the file from the 2009 election. Because that year Levar Stoney, then the Executive Director | Read More »

    Don’t Make it About Barack Obama

    I have to agree with Ben Domenech from the Transom this morning. Republicans will lose if they try to make the IRS scandal about Barack Obama. We are not going to convince a majority of Americans who voted for him that they were wrong. We spent the last four years trying that.As Domenech noted this morning: Here’s the hard thing Republicans have to do if | Read More »

    Republicans & GOP Donors Should Focus Here

    We are all — all of us — attracted to shiny objects. Oftentimes we fixate on the shiny object and never see past the shine to what the object actually is or what it can actually do for us or whether it is even a distraction. The IRS scandal is the latest shiny object on which the GOP will fixate. But if, instead of fixating, | Read More »

    Star Trek Into Darkness

    Yes, a movie review from your Editor.I went to Star Trek: Into Darkness tonight. I liked it in the way you might like a good piece of escapism, but it left me a bit empty. The JJ Abrams concept was supposed to be a reboot of the Star Trek franchise — a way to restart with the characters we love, but with a clean slate | Read More »

    Will no one rid me of this turbulent group?

    Will no one rid me of this turbulent group?

    In June of 1170, the Archbishop of York and the Bishops of London and Salisbury crowned Henry II of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Beckett, should have had the privilege, but he and King Henry had been warring over the powers of clergy in England. Beckett proceeded to excommunicate the bishops and other opponents of the Catholic Church in England. According to tradition, Henry | Read More »

    The Waste of Republican Donors

    The GOP needs to stop acting like because it lost the battle of 2012, it lost the war. The war continues and Barack Obama’s side just gave the GOP some major new weapons to use against his destructive policies. How many hundreds of millions of dollars were wasted by Republican donors in 2012 to prop up Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney? How | Read More »

    Happy Mother’s Day

    An ode to my wife: “I went to my girlfriend’s apartment.  She opened the door and the smell of bacon came pouring out.  There were two pounds of bacon in her oven.  At the time, I did not know you could cook bacon en masse in the oven.  Likewise, I had no idea what any one person needed two pounds of bacon for.’Oh I don’t,’ | Read More »

    Jen Rubin’s Hatred of Jim DeMint Brings Out the Full Stupid

    Jen Rubin's Hatred of Jim DeMint Brings Out the Full Stupid

    If you ever wondered if the Washington Post bothers fact checking its bloggers, wonder no longer. They clearly do not. Jen Rubin brings out the full stupid today to try to throw Jim DeMint under the bus. It’s very well established she hates Jim DeMint because he is . . . wait for it . . . a conservative. Rubin has a history of bashing | Read More »

    Texas is Open for Business

    Texas is Open for Business

    Today, Barack Obama heads to Texas where he’ll be greeted by Governor Rick Perry. The President’s going to see just how awesome Texas is. Seriously. The rest of us should be jealous.Texas was just named the best place to do business by CEO Magazine, several other groups have listed Texas as the most favorable state for jobs, Raytheon just abandoned California for Texas. It’s got | Read More »

    Idols of Awesome and Shibboleths of Community

    Idols of Awesome and Shibboleths of Community

    Every once in a while I stumble over something that opens my eyes wide to a lot of the silliness of secularism that pervades evangelicalism and, in turn, warps the whole of generations. Anthony Bradley points out that there is a crazy movement going on right now within young evangelical circles to shun the suburbs and engage in a “new legalism” of radical faith. The | Read More »

    Mark Sanford Wins

    Mark Sanford Wins

    Mark Sanford has won the special election in South Carolina’s first congressional district.He was abandoned by much of the South Carolina congressional delegation.He was abandoned by the NRCC and its fundraising.The Democrats outspent him by more than a 3 to 1 advantage.But the district favored him to begin with. Despite panic a few weeks ago, he recovered rapidly and closed a ten point gap.I was | Read More »